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    VOTER VERIFICATION: Send Your Agents For Training – EC Instructs Political Parties After Acquiring BVV Machines…

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    In preparation for the General Elections, 2021, the Electoral Commission Uganda has acquired Biometric Voter Verification machines (BVV) to verify voters at polling stations on polling day.

    The EC has urged all political parties and independent candidates to appoint and deploy agents for the machine operation training.

    According to the EC, the Biometric Voter Verification (BVV) machines will be deployed at all the 34,684 (thirty-four thousand six hundred and eighty-four) polling stations in Uganda during the upcoming General Elections.

    Next week on Thursday January 14th 2021, Ugandans will begin voting for different political office bearers. The voting will stretch up to February. Both voters and candidates are hopeful that they will succeed in their journey to the desired office. A lot of resources have been committed in time, money, sleepless nights. Expectations are so high that to most, defeat is not in their minds, plan and desire.

    The 2021 general election has drawn very close, and the tension has risen even higher. Presidential candidates are making tiresless efforts to come up with innovations that will make them stand out fr the rest before, during and after January 14th.

    FDC’s Besigye urged voters to guard their choice with their life, as Muntu advised his supporters to stay and watch until the last vote from the ballot is counted.

    This, while most opposition wingers are decrying that the organising commission and state security are conniving to favor the incumbent president Museveni of the NRM who is also one of the run mates.

    As the year ended, President Museveni also issued a strict warning that he will crash all the opposition plans to destabilize Uganda’s peace he fought for.

    We are getting onto elections in less than two weeks now, and the president revealed that he has got information that some people are planning to steal elections, and others want to use violence.

    Museveni in reaction said, “I would like to appeal to everybody to be patriotic. When you bring cheating into elections, it means you are nullifying the will of the people.” He added that elections are a periodic medicine that shouldn’t be interrupted by anybody.

    The president also advised that it is much more safer for all the voters and politicians to behave well in the remaining days to elections.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    Besigye Challenges Bobi Wine, Other Opposition Bosses to One-On-One  Debate Before Public On Agenda Each Has To Oust M7…

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    Leader of the People’s Front for Transition (PFT) political pressure group Dr. Kizza Besigye has challenged opposition political parties bosses for an open debate on the agenda each of them has to oust president Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni.

    Among the political parties’ leaders Besigye wants to debate with include; National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, Democratic Party’s Nobert Mao, JEEMA’s Asuman Basalirwa and others.

    Besigye says the debate will help the public to understand the agenda of their leaders who are promising them change.

    “I am tired of always being hosted alone on these media talk shows. We always met with those opposition leaders but the people who are the owners of the struggle are not given an opportunity to understand their agendas. That’s why I am proposing an open debate on one platform, me seated here, my brother Hon Kyagulanyi there and others, and we debate before the public,” Besigye said.

    He added that Ugandans know very well what to do for meaningful change to happen but they have been betrayed by their leaders especially those in opposition who do not mobilize them well for change but only fulfill their personal goals after they get political offices.

    Besigye made the remarks while hosted by senior journalist Evans Walusimbi on radio Simba’s Olutindo talk show.

    He also explained that the reason why he decided to form PFT was to establish a front to be used by all opposition politicians to strategise on the way forward to oust Museveni’s regime even though some opposition politicians intentionally misinterpreted the Front’s goals.

    He insisted that each and every political pressure group formed adds something to the struggle and shouldn’t be rubbished.

    “Uganda is sitting on the time bomb and we should all prepare for the worse situation ahead. People are crying due to the increase in commodity prices and no one is there to mobilize them to fight for themselves because many of those who would have fought for them are on Museveni’s drip, getting something from the state and they don’t want to interrupt the big boss,” Besigye said.

    He added that Museveni himself knows that Ugandans are tired of him that’s why he no longer associates with them as he used to when he had just captured power.

    “He is now moving in the armoured cars with alot of guns surrounding him,” Besigye said.

    The four time presidential candidate laughed at opposition members who think that they can use the ballot to oust Museveni.

    “For us we established ten years back that a ballot cannot remove Museveni from power and we have been telling our friends but for their personal benefits, they rubbished us until they tested on him,” Besigye said.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Kayunga Is Not For Jokers: Swords Out As Nantaba Vows To Fight Bobi Wine’s NUP In Kayunga By-Election…

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    NUP boss Robert Kyagulanyi (L) and Kayunga woman MP Nantaba (R)

    Kayunga woman Member of Parliament Aida Erios Nantaba and National Unity Platform (NUP) party’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine have each drawn out their swords in the by-election for Kayunga district chairperson.

    The Electoral Commission declared that a by election be held in Kayunga after the controversial death of Muhammad Ffefeka Sserubugo (NUP) who was found hanging on a jackfruit tree few months after being elected into office.

    Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) spokesperson Charles Twine revealed that Sserubogo committed suicide which was refuted by NUP top leadership who insisted that their outspoken member was killed and hung on the tree.

    Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama announced that the by-election will take place on 14th December, 2021.

    The biggest competition is expected to be between NRM’s Andrew Muwonge and NUP’s Harriet Nakwedde who has caused the sharp verbal fight between Nantaba and Bobi Wine henchmen.

    Julius Katongole, one of Bobi Wine’s personal assistants and also the Lubaga division youth chairperson, accused Nantaba of trying to compromise NUP’s party Election Management Committee chaired by Mercy Walukamba.

    “Nantaba is among those people who are bitter with our decision to front Nakwedde to replace the late Serubogo. You know she cheated her in the recent Kayunga woman parliamentary elections, she was declared winner at gun point but our president (Bobi Wine) was very clever. He directed Walukamba’s committee not to base on the information given to them in Kampala, he directed them to go to the grassroot and establish the rightful candidate who will secure the party’s victory in the by election and Nakwedde was selected,” Katongole said.

    He added that before announcing Nakwedde, a number of opposition leaders including Dr. Kizza Besigye’s People’s Front for Transition (PFT) had been approaching different candidates including Nakwedde to denounce NUP and contest on their tickets.

    He alleged that Besigye and other opposition parties promised to facilitate campaigns of their candidates if they cross to their camps but they all refused and reported to the party’s principle Bobi Wine.

    Katongole revealed that Bobi Wine has already received the intelligence report from the ground indicating that Nantaba is on the ground decampaigning Nakwedde but vowed to face off with her.

    Katongole also refuted claims from Sserubogo’s family that Bobi Wine betrayed them by not supporting Faridah Nakanwagi, a sister to Sserubogo and his son Jami Kamoga who were defeated by Nakwedde.

    “The process was transparent and all those people were defeated fairly and I am advising them not to fight the party because they will be defeated,” he said.

    However, when Nantaba was contacted for a comment, she laughed loudly at claims from Bobi Wine’s camp and warned that Kayunga is a different playground which doesn’t entertain jokers.

    She revealed that she is going to support Magid Nyanzi as an independent because she is also an independent.

    “The people of Kayunga know very well the land grabbers and their friends who are now jumping on Bobi Wine but they will be defeated. I am telling you,” the soft spoken legislator said.

    The NRM team is also on the ground to reclaim the Kayunga victory which was taken from them by NUP in the 2021 election.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lubaga South’s MP Mukasa In Trouble, Mukaku Petitions Court Over Election Consent Agreement..

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    Lubega Mukaku and MP Aloysious Mukasa

    Flamboyant Lubaga South legislator Aloysius Mukasa is in trouble after Samuel Lubega Mukaku petitioned the High Court Civil Division challenging the withdraw of the election petition against him.

    In September 2021, Democratic Party’s Eugenia Nasolo, a contestant for Lubaga South parliamentary seat reached a consent agreement with Mukasa and she withdrew her election petition against him.

    However, early this month, Mukaku, who was also a contestant in the same race filed an application asking Court to reinstate the election petition against Mukasa which was withdrawn.

    In his affidavit, Mukaku told Court that after the January elections, they sat down with Nasolo and agreed to challenge Mukasa’s victory after establishing a lot of irregularities.

    Mukaku disclosed that they also discovered that Mukasa lacked the required academic qualification for a member of parliament.

    He further told Court that Nasolo kept briefing them on the progress of the matter on a daily basis until the day she agreed with Mukasa behind their back.

    “I was very surprised to learn on social media and in mainstream media that our matter was withdrawn from Court. I tried to reach out to Nasolo but since then, she has refused to pick my phone calls,” Mukaku said.

    He added that many electorates in Lubaga South were betrayed by Nasolo when she cut a deal with Mukasa to withdraw the matter.

    Mukaku pleaded to the Court that the issue of education is very fundamental in leadership and in elections thus it shouldn’t be played with.

    He insisted that people of Lubaga South will be betrayed to be represented by a person who lacks the required academic papers.

    However, Mukasa told journalists in September that he has the senior six certificate and branded the withdrawn petition as political witchhaunt.

    He has not yet filed his defence.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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